An Ear to the Ground in Stevens Point
As I was sitting in the Stevens Point Public Library, pegging away on my laptop, I glanced up as a person passed, and I took a double take-- it was Senator Feingold! Upon investigation, I found a listening session with the Senator in the library's meeting room. Curious to see what Portage County residents are fired up about, I took a seat at the back.
As I sat, I was waiting for someone to criticize the Senator for speaking up against the ban and for marriage equality. After 50 minutes, I started to come to the conclusion that the ban on civil unions and marriage simply didn't figure in the participants' top priorities (notably the Iraq war, health care, veterans protections, Iran, the censure, and funding public schools).
Then an elderly man sitting right in front of me was called upon by the Senator. He said that he had recently seen an article on the Senator's position on the ban. I held my breath to see which side he was going to fall on. "And I wanted to confirm your position, and thank you for speaking out for the rights of gays and lesbians." The Senator confirmed that his position is indeed against the ban, and to my-- and perhaps his-- surprise the room erupted into applause.
I’m excited for the meeting tonight at the UW-SP at 6pm; we have fertile grounds to be working in.
Tags: Voices for No, Campaign Trail, Legislative News